National People's Congress local deputy Raymond Wu Wai-yung was fined $1,650 yesterday for careless driving and failure to report an accident to police. Wu, 63, a cardiologist, was not in court but his counsel Alan Hoo, SC, said his client pleaded guilty to the two summonses. Both related to a traffic accident in Tsim Sha Tsui on October 28 last year. North Kowloon Court heard Wu's car collided with another car after he failed to follow a road sign to turn right on to Peking Road from Nathan Road. There were no injuries and damage to the vehicles was minor. In fining Wu, Magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai said he was impressed by Wu's otherwise clean driving record of 44 years. Mr Wong acquitted Wu of failing to give particulars after an accident, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty. According to Wu's clinic, the cardiologist was unable to be present in court as he was attending meetings in Beijing. Mr Hoo told the court the case could proceed in Wu's absence as it was in accordance with the Magistrate's Ordinance, which allowed defendants on summonses to choose whether they would appear. Mr Wong accepted the application on the grounds that Wu was 'properly represented by his Senior Counsel'.